The Independent Television Commission is adding its voice to the
call for a single regulator for the broadcasting and telecoms industry
in its submission to the Government’s White Paper on the future of
broadcast and communications regulation.
The move comes hot on the heels of proposals from the IPA and ISBA,
calling for a single regulatory body to cover both the BBC and the
In a move that would herald its own demise, the ITC is proposing two
models for reform. The first is an immediate merger of the ITC, the
Broadcasting Standards Commission and Oftel, the regulator of the
telecommunications industry, into a single broadcasting and
And the alternative proposal involves a two-phased plan moving towards
the formation of a single regulator. In this, the ITC would merge with
the BSC and operate alongside Oftel to regulate the two industries until
the convergence of analogue and digital takes place.
A single regulator would not then be formed until the convergence, which
is likely to be complete in 2010.
Chris Shaw, managing director of Universal McCann, commented: ’The ITC
needs to clarify rules on a number of issues, especially sponsorship,
before it merges into a bigger group that can take on even bigger issues